Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham
When I walked into the council chamber on Wednesday night, the room was fuller than I had expected. For a moment, I tried to think if there was a particularly controversial item on the agenda that had attracted all that attention.
It was something much better: it was members of the Tucson-Pima County Women’s Commission there to accept a proclamation for Women in Government Day.
Good news from our police chief:
Dear Mayor, Council Members, and City Manager:
As the people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived, it seems strictly consonant to the republican theory to recur to the same original authority ... whenever it may be necessary to enlarge, diminish, or new-model the powers of government. – James Madison
Flags over city buildings are at half-staff in recognition of Senator John S. McCain.
The Arizona Symphonic Winds, established in 1986, is an all-volunteer community concert band performing a variety of music for all ages including overtures, light classics, marches, Broadway show tunes and popular music. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic basket and enjoy an evening of entertainment for the whole family. Shuttle service is available from the Big Lots shopping center – northwest corner of Tanque Verde and Sabino Canyon Roads. All concerts are free to the public.
My staff and I have been getting ready for our ribbon cutting at Jesse Owens Park this weekend. As you know from last week’s newsletter, $2 million was spent on park improvements and we will be showcasing them on Saturday at 10 am at the playground at the west side of the park. Donna Williams Prather, Jesse Owens’s granddaughter, will be there and we will have refreshments available.
We’d like you all to be there.
Governor Doug Ducey has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset Wednesday, August 22 in honor of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Taylor J. Galvin, an Arizona native, who passed away on Monday from injuries he received when his helicopter crashed in Sinjar, Iraq. Flags will also be lowered on the day of internment, which has not been set.
“Our only hope is that those who frequent Jesse Owens Park will look beyond the cleats and see the man who, in spite of untold humiliating experiences, dedicated his life to the furtherance of the well-being of all mankind.” - Tucson resident H. A. Ryan, a letter to the Arizona Daily Star, April 6, 1980
At this afternoon’s study session, we will be discussing changing the age at which tobacco products can be purchased from 18 to 21.
Restaurant Row on Tanque Verde has long been a destination for families, particularly from the East Side. Lately, though, we’ve had a lot of vacancies and business has been down for some of the businesses in the area.
The artwork of local, national, and international muralists is on display in the City of Tucson. A new map from the City's GIS team shows the locations of the murals and explains what they mean. Throughout these works, the region's natural landscape, heritage, and resilience are prominent. Mountain vistas and desert flora set the stage for defining events in the city's cultural history, such as the All Souls Procession and the capture of John Dillinger.
With school out, I’ve had more time to do “ride alongs” with some of our social service agencies. I wrote about going out with CHRPA a couple of weeks ago. This time, I went out with Pima Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program.
Both the City and Pima County help with funding the program in addition to $60,000 in private funding. The city distributes $50,000 from federal Community Development Block Grants to Meals on Wheels.
Badges and Backpacks: The Pima County Sheriff’s Department and Banner|Aetna will host Badges and Backpacks tomorrow, July 28, 8 am-noon, at the Tucson Convention Center Exhibit Halls, 260 S. Church Ave. Free backpacks and school supplies will be distributed. The event includes a health fair with immunizations and screenings.